Get in the best position to secure the perfect rental

Finding and securing the perfect rental can be hard, competitive and time-consuming. This is especially true for properties that appeal to a large market, such as those in well-sought locations, or homes large enough for small families or couples. So, what can you do to give yourself the best chance at securing the perfect rental?

Start the search early

Start looking at available properties 2-3 months ahead of time. The market is always changing, and what’s available may be different from when you last moved. It can take a little bit of time to get up to speed, so it’s best to avoid doing that under pressure.

The rental market is competitive, and the old saying “the early bird catches the worm” holds some truth in a hot rental market. Setting up alerts on real estate sites for properties matching your criteria is the best way to maximise your chances of getting in fast and early.

Tip: Set up auto alerts TradeMe, Real or other platforms.

Get yourself application-ready

Landlords are looking for someone who is going to be reliable and take care of their investment. The kinds of characteristics they are looking for in a tenant is someone who is approachable, communicative & responsible.

Using the information you provide in your application, a Landlord will often run a series of checks on you. To prepare your application, it’s a good idea to pre-prepare these checks so you can review the information.

Note: You can use a tool like Pickmee to do all these self-checks for free.

Impress at viewings

First impressions count when you’re trying to secure a rental property. Treating viewings the same way you would a job interview will help you leave a good impression. Here are some tips to impress:

  • Dressing well leaves the Landlord with the impression that you are able to take care of yourself and the property.
  • Make conversation, and try to find common ground which can help build rapport.
  • Ask questions to show your interest in the property and get answers to any niggling questions you have.
  • Come to viewings prepared with important information to set expectations correctly. This might include being clear about how much you can afford to pay, any pets you have, and the range of dates that you can move in.

Make sure you’re comfortable with the Landlord

Unfortunately, not every Landlord or property is the perfect match. You will be entering into a contract with your Landlord for some time, so it’s a mutual commitment. When you are dealing with a Landlord, it’s a good to look at:

  • The overall condition of the property, which can indicate whether they are on top of maintenance.
  • Whether the Landlord (or Property Manager) is professional, communicative and respectful during the viewing.


  • Start keeping an eye out 2-3 months early to understand the market
  • Prepare and review your application information
  • Think of viewings like a job interview
  • Make sure you’re comfortable with the condition of the property and the professionalism of the Landlord